Things that put a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

Surprise Present

mulberry tree with berriesI have lived in this house, on this property, for a very long time. The longest I’ve lived anywhere by double.

And I like to think that I’m an observant person because I usually am.

But this totally slipped by me for who knows how long. Until a few days ago.

(Actually, it was Cait who noticed it while home because her two roommates contracted covid. But that’s another story.)

A MULBERRY TREE!! Bearing mulberries. Lots of them!

So, of course, I immediately went to what is the best way to harvest the mulberries. And tah dah!

mulberries on tarp      mulberries [...]
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The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

maple leaves blowing in wind
I overheard Cait explaining to someone recently that what I do for fun is to spend time outside, especially on windy days.  I intuitively understand the benefits of being out in nature—I don’t need scientific proof.

But if you do, there is actually a word for this: uitwaaien. “It’s basically the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride. Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as ‘uitwaaien.’ It ‘literally translates to outblowing,’ explains Caitlin Meyer, a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Dutch Linguistics.

In a Nautilus blog post, Alice Fleerackers […]